Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Full Nelson Virginia Pale AleFull Nelson Virginia Pale Ale

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very good

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 545
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 26
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2007

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Reviews: 174 | Hads: 545
Photo of VTFriar
2.16/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Niceburnt orangewith hint of amber color.
Overwhelming malt aroma - like sticking my noose into a bag of dry malt.
Light hop aroma - faint.
Light/Medium body - finishing rather watery...Not a full mouthfeel
Feel bad, but overly sweet / heavily malty beer that I was going to pour out. (284 characters)

Photo of Dr_Farts
2.35/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The only real shining feature of this beer is the body, between med to full, nice round mouthfeel. If only the other features were as good. Bland and forgetful. (161 characters)

Photo of SlingerBKLYN
2.52/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another example of American Craft Beer going over the top with the hops. I'm looking for a little more balance, nuance and subtlety. I am sure that some very fine malts and yeast are underneath all those hops but it's a shame that they can't be tasted. I hope that the current fascination with over hopped bees will wain.
IPA is BS! Put the craft back in craft brewing! Save the hops and boycott IPA. (401 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A- Clear pale amber colored body with a bubbly bone white head.

S- I really don't smell much of anything, maybe some sweet malt and a dash of citrus, but not much.

T- A little more hop flavor comes through in the taste. Mostly sweet caramel malt, with a dash of piney hops at the end. Still nothing much going on though.

M- Medium-carbonation and medium bodied. Very drinkable.

O- Really lacking aroma and flavor. Almost tastes like it is an old pale ale, but the freshness sticker on the bottom says otherwise. (515 characters)

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle a nice IPA pour is yellow in color with a white head smell of pine and hops taste is the same but slight enough flavor to be tastey but still drinkable a solid ipa (175 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear orange glow with big bright white sticky head. Interesting sweet and fruity nose. Caramel, some pine and tropical fruit. Lots of malty caramel sugar up front followed by bright fruitiness and moderate bitterness to balance. Bitterness is a nice contras to the bright sweetness. Slick mouth feel, hop resin, dull carbonation medium to full bodied. A super complex and pretty good pale ale but at the price of $12.99 a 6? You can find better pales. (460 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After reading a few other reviews of this beer I went with an aggressive pour and it yielded a nice one finger craterous white head that left a full ring of soap scum behind as it settled into a froth mass atop a clear medium golden with a tinge of orange.Where the aromas shit after an aggressive pour and letting it sit you would think something would come out if there but nothing except for a trace of tasted grain,lighter mouthfeel but it went down very easy.Wow really nothing stands out on the palate mild toasty-grainy notes some residual sweetness a bit of leafy hop but pretty bland.Iam hoping this is a off and or old bottle label says best before April of 08 so Iam guessing its off or just not as good as others may think? (735 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pure translucent light amber; no head at this establishment; quickly fading cascading lacing
S: piney, musty
T: per the scent, pine and must.
M: dry, a bit of alcoholic bite, standard for an American IPA
O: A low-complexity IPA in disguise. By random chance, it's a perfect choice paired with a lamb stew, but is likely just average on its own compared to other IPAs.

20oz / Pint Glass / VGP, MD (401 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to AtlCarl for carpet-bombing me into submission yet again with a box full of good-looking beer. This 12 oz. can looked lonely amongst all the bombers, so it's going to be put down right away. Best by 1/14.

Pour is standard orange pale, clear, filtered. Smells like beer. Really. There's nothing distinguishable from the Blatz my dad used to drink. Just beery.

Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale made me wince. The pale malts jar with a hoppiness that's bitter enough to be Alan Harper. There's some breadiness, bit of toast, little caramel, but what it comes down to is the firefight between malt & hop. They don't co-exist terribly well for some reason that's escaping my conscious mind.

Decent enough, but there's an element lacking that I can't quite put my middle finger on. (786 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can. best before 12/12. i appreciate the

A: slightly hazed orange. thick slightly off-white head has good retention and great lacing.

S: a little buttery. toffee. herbal hop aromas interact and overpower the sweet buttery 'flaws', in my opinion.

T: a little bit of toffee flavor backed by some hop bitterness, but not much hop flavor. finish is sweet and buttery, similar to the nose, and lingers pretty long.

M: the bubbles are fine and they actually suite the brew quite well. medium bodied.

D: not sure what to feel about this. not a bad beer, but not an APA. much too much malt here for me to consider this hoppy. still drinkable, but like i said not what i was expecting. (692 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a pint glass.

Pour brings a reddish-hued copper-colored brew with a very slight white head. Given that it's a full glass, I drank it down a bit and swirled. Not much head creation--just a few bubbles that didn't last for all that long. The nose was a bit plain with some moderate floral and herbal hops and a bit of bready malt beneath. The taste was interesting with a rather potent front-end bitterness without any real hop flavor or bitterness in the finish, though it was fairly dry. Feel consisted of a medium body with moderate levels of carbonation. Not a bad beer, but nothing too special about it. (650 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark clear amber, head is off white and decent but not huge.

Smells of piney hops, hints of orange and grapefruit citrus, some vanilla/oak maltiness. Also smells a little smoky?

Taste has that same slightly smoky oak character, decent pine-oriented hops, faint hints of citrus. Pretty decent, might be a few weeks/months last freshness.

Mouthfeel is great, lots of carbonation, very refreshing and drinkable.

6.3/10 (427 characters)

Photo of route66pubs
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color, with a few tiny little bubbles, and a white, very small head. Head has very little lacing on the glass.

Not much going on in this aroma ... very little discernible scent here.

Much like the aroma, not a whole lot there. A bit of bready maltiness at the front, with a well-balanced bit of hop at back.

Very crisp, rich, extraordinarily even and well-balanced brew.

Could easily keep enjoying this for quite a long time as there's so little to get in the way. Extremely well-balanced and crisp, a great summer pale to be sure. (556 characters)

Photo of engagechad
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a growler from the brewery. Served in a stein at home

Pours great with a fat head, smells okay. Citrus is there but there is a little solvent, very faint over all. Taste is just okay, kind of solventy with some bad burn on the back.

Overall this is an okay pale ale - not what I was expecting and a little disappointing. (333 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium pumpkin orange with a pristine clarity, Dirty white foamy head is about 1.5 inches high and moderately lasting providing minimal window dressing. Light spacious rise of carbonation comes at a fairly quick pace.

S: Small citrusy toasted grain presence on the nose. A hint of dry flowery hops.

T: Dry citrus and dry lemon hops mixes with some sweet toasted grains for flavor upfront. Sweet piney-lemon hops come on strong for the finish.

M: Light bodied, very little carbonation detection with some toasted grain warmth on the inner cheeks. Bite of spicy hops and toasted grain with a dry hop warmth.

O: Overall some strong hop presence for a pale makes up for some other short comings, visually, and depth wise. Sweet, wet, toasty upfront follows through with a dry lingering citrus finish. (807 characters)

Photo of zvir21
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer smelled like a run of the mill common wheat beer. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the combination of a smooth feel and bitter hopiness. I gave it to my fiance' who doesn't like beer but tries a lot of it and her first reaction was how smooth it was. It was very fizzy. When i opened the bottle it bubbled over. All in all a good bitter beer and I plan to have it again. (388 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold under a beautifully thick, mousse-like head. The aroma is quite floral and soft...very dry, grassy, and a little toasty. Tasty, balanced flavor. Cascade hops, floral notes, mild pine, apricot, and sweet, biscuity malts. Nothing really special, but perfectly enjoyable overall. Medium bodied and drying. Pretty good. (326 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery. Review is from notes.

A: half finger head with mild lacing on a clean golden body.

S: caramel malts, light candied oranges, simple overall with additional tangerine notes and bitter presence.

T: flavor is basic, standard malt variety and non-descript hop mix. follows the aroma perfectly.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not very memorable. Hops are limited. One of the less impressive beers from this brewery. (457 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, with a paper sticker on the bottom, telling me this is best by 4/01/13.

Pours typical amber, dull and murky, lite tan head, goes rapidly to a medium buble film, collar and thicker bands of lace.

Dull bready nose, with just a hint of hops.

Middle of the road APA. Hops muted, malts in control. Notes of caramel, honey, and then just some dusty hops in the finish. More of an English pale in style and attitude.

Nothing special going on here. Glad to give it a try, but I'm happy to have purchased just a single can. (532 characters)

Photo of myatomicpolygon
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color- pours a reddish copper with a delicate off white finger of head with bubbles of many different sizes…
Aroma- has a sturdy bready malt character with traces of caramel malts that are well balanced with mild touches of citrus and herb from the cascade hops…inviting yet subdued.
Taste- malty caramel on the front end…with a bitter finish with essence of herbs and citrus…
Mouthfeel- dry crisp refreshing…perfect for the style
Drinkability- very easy to drink…good session beer. 15 plato 60 IBU 5.9%
Overall- B. this is one to throw in the fridge for every day drinking and as an East Coast substitute for Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. Good for those just starting out with the hops…or for those moments when your craving a solid beer that does not break the bank…and it’s available in cans too. (815 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a very transparent toffee to copper with a 1.5 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and lace. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could so I'm rounding down a bit.

Smell: Bread, biscuit, and toffee in the malt profile. Floral, herbal, and citrus (orange and grapefruit) hop notes.

Taste: Same as the nose but a bit disjointed.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel that teeters on the edge of crisp.

Overall: This beer looks and feels nice but the smell and flavor profile are lackluster at best. (631 characters)

Photo of Cyrion
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Best before 11/2013 and I'm drinking it in 11/2013. Shame on me.

Appearance: A cloudy amber, no coppery shine at all. Looks a bit over the hill, especially with there being a minimal white head that immediately disappears. My punishment for drinking this so late.

Aroma: Very nice hops taking strong command of the delicate sweet caramel that makes a cautious appearance. This is going to be good.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Bold pine hopes and very, very little malt. It's a drying bitterness and well suits the beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin, dry, almost spicy. Good pale ale for the autumn months.

Overall: As hop-forward as it is, even when drinking it in its "drink before" month, I would call this an IPA. With a name like "full nelson", you don't really expect this to be a shy and retiring beer, do you? Whatever it's called, it's a good hoppy beer in the dry and crisp tradition. (909 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Christian for bringing this and a few other Blue Mountain brews up my way.

A pretty standard pale ale here, not bad overall. Clear amber pour with a half-finger of fizzy white head that sank to a ringlet; minimal lacing. Aroma of toasted grains, caramel malts, grassy hops. No surprises. Basically the same on the palate, caramel malts, toasted grains, earthy and grassy hops, with a subtle touch of stone fruit. Light-medium body. Not the best of its class, but a pretty easy drinker overall. (514 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a deep orange. Lacing is left behind on the glass. Solid looking pale ale.
SMELL: Hoppy, leafy aroma with some citrus notes.
TASTE: Citrusy hops , honey, bread, fair bitterness. Just a touch of melon.
FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Fairly crisp and refreshing with lingering hop notes.
OVERALL: A nice sessionable pale ale. Easy drinking. Had it in the can and poured into a glass. (412 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Mountaiin- Full Nelson

A- Clear golde copper with a big frothy head. Solid lacing down my tumbler glass.
S- A light touch of sweet caramel malt dominated by burning bitter hops.
T- Slight caramel malt is quickly overpowered by strong vanish like pine hops.
M- Bitter and oily. Strong tangy hops just dominate with a touch of sweet malt in the end.

Overall- A good mini hop bomb. Although mild and easily sessionable. I liked this 1. (440 characters)

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Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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